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CWU Women's Soccer Team Ranked for First Time

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 15) -- For the first time in its 11 seasons as a member of the NCAA, the Central Washington University women's soccer team is ranked in the official NCAA Division II West Region polls, as the Wildcats are ranked ninth this week in the first ranking of the 2008 season.

Central Washington has a 6-4-2 overall record, including a 5-4-2 mark against Division II opponents, and is one of three teams from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference ranked among the top 10 this week. Western Washington and Seattle Pacific, against whom the Wildcats have two of their three GNAC defeats, are ranked second and third, respectively. The top-ranked team in the West, UC San Diego, also defeated Central earlier this year by a 2-0 count in the season opener for both schools on Aug. 28, while the Wildcats earned a scoreless tie with the region's fourth-ranked team, San Francisco State.

The top six teams in the regional poll at the conclusion of the regular season will qualify for the NCAA Division II tournament. Conference champions from the GNAC, the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), and Pacific West Conference (PWC).

The Wildcats are led by junior goalkeeper Amber Easterbrook (Kent/Kentwood HS), who ranks among the conference and regional leaders with a 0.88 goals-against average and .836 save percentage. She has also posted six shutouts in goal this season, and is the school's all-time record-holder with 14 shutouts. Offensively, Central has had 11 different players account for its 19 goals on the season, including three by senior Lynde Clarke (Albuquerque, N.M./Sandia HS), while sophomore Kaycie Hutchins (Port Orchard/Bellarmine Prep) is the team's points leader with eight (two goals, four assists).

Central Washington hits the road for a pair of matches this weekend, visiting Saint Martin's and Western Oregon on Thursday (Oct. 16) and Saturday (Oct. 18), respectively. One of the Wildcats' three conference losses came against the Saints on Sept. 20, while their Saturday matchup at Western Oregon will be the first of two matches between the two schools over a 14-day period.

1. UC San Diego (11-2-0, 10-2-0)
2. Western Washington (10-2-0, 10-2-0)
3. Seattle Pacific (11-1-1, 11-1-1)
4. San Francisco State (8-4-2, 8-4-2)
5. Cal State Dominguez Hills (10-4-0, 10-4-0)
6. Sonoma State (10-3-1, 10-3-1)
7. Cal State San Bernardino (7-4-3, 7-4-3)
8. Dixie State (6-4-1, 6-4-1)
9. CENTRAL WASHINGTON (5-4-2, 5-4-2)
10. Hawaii Hilo (7-3-0, 7-3-0)

Records are through games of Oct. 12. Overall record versus Division II opponents is listed first, followed by record versus in-region opponents.